A general view shows damage and burnt tents for Syrian refugees from the fighting between Lebanese army soldiers and Islamist militants in the Sunni Muslim border town of Arsal, in eastern Bekaa Valley August 7, 2014. REUTERS/Hassan Abdallah
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Aid convoys entered Arsal Thursday, the first humanitarian supply since clashes erupted between the Army and militants from Syria, who withdrew from the embattled northeastern border town earlier in the day.The Army has not yet deployed inside the border town, but soldiers in armored personnel carriers and tanks were seen patrolling its outskirts.A total of 38 members of security forces -- 22 Lebanese soldiers and 19 policemen -- were taken captive by militants who overran Arsal Saturday following the arrest of a Syrian rebel commander, Imad Jomaa, by the Lebanese Army.Lebanon's Cabinet agreed to recruit a little over 11,000 personnel for the Lebanese Army and other security forces to boost the capabilities of security agencies particularly the Army.Security sources said the Lebanese Army found three members of the Internal Security Forces at a house in Arsal.The Army is carrying out operations around the town to verify the complete withdrawal of militants before entering the town itself.
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